a real world point of view
|Peri and the Piscon Paradox|
|Companion(s):||Peri Brown (1984 and 2009)|
|Main setting:||Los Angeles, 2009|
|Publisher:||Big Finish Productions|
|Read by:||Nicola Bryant|
|Release date:||January 2011|
|The Companion Chronicles|
|Quinnis||The Perpetual Bond|
Peri and the Piscon Paradox was the seventh release of the fifth series of the Companion Chronicles produced by Big Finish Productions. It was also the first Companion Chronicles release to feature an actor who played the Doctor, with Colin Baker playing his role of the Sixth Doctor. However, Nicola Bryant provides narration as well as the Fifth Doctor's dialogue.
Publisher's summary Edit
Fortunately, to stop him there’s help from an unexpected source: a future version of Peri. She knows Zarl's dark secret.
But should the future Peri be on Earth at all? Something smells fishy – and it's not just Zarl.
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Cultural references from the real world Edit
- On seeing her older self for the first time, the young Peri wonders if she is an actress who used to play the Fonz's girlfriend in Happy Days or a "green good time girl" in Star Trek.
- The older Peri tells her younger self that she is in the employ of a secret government organisation known as the X-Files. The younger Peri, being from 1984, is totally unaware that The X-Files is a science fiction television series from the 1990s and takes her at her word. The Fifth Doctor, however, is familiar with the series. He comments that it was never as good after David Duchovny left. He commends the older Peri for her quick thinking and for not revealing anything to her younger self about her personal future.
- Peri's parents, Janine and Paul Brown, were married on 21 November 1962.
- Peri's aunt Mona dresses in a similar manner to the Sixth Doctor.
- The Fifth Doctor refers to the Pescatons, who he claims are more violent than the Piscons.
- In an attempt to jog the older Peri's memories, the Sixth Doctor mentions Sil, the Tractators, the Ice Warriors and Davros.
Theories and concepts Edit
- Both the Fifth and Sixth Doctors mention the Blinovitch Limitation Effect.
- This story explains in more detail what happened to Peri after the Trial of a Time Lord story arc. Specifically, it reveals that there are no less than five versions of Peri Brown in existence, each created by Time Lord interference in her timeline, including one who was killed in TV: Mindwarp, one who married Yrcanos and became a warrior queen (TV: The Ultimate Foe, PROSE: Bad Therapy), and the version who narrates Part 2, who only remembers the events of TV: Planet of Fire. The nature of the other two versions is not revealed, though one may be the version who remained on Krontep after marrying Yrcanos (PROSE: Reunion) as opposed to returning to Earth (PROSE: Bad Therapy); in addition the Target novelisation of Mindwarp has Peri and Yrcanos returning to Earth in the 20th century. It's also possible one of the "other Peris" may have been created with the encounter between the younger and older Peri, since no reference is made to this rather disturbing incident in The Caves of Androzani or any other Peri story.
- This story features several meetings and even a physical altercation between the Fifth and Sixth Doctors, though the Fifth Doctor remains unaware of his future self's identity.
- Disc 1 tells the story from the Fifth Doctor and the younger Peri's viewpoint whereas Disc 2 re-explores the story from the Sixth Doctor and the older Peri's view. Although Nicola Bryant performs the voice of the Fifth Doctor, Colin Baker himself performs the Sixth Doctor, becoming the first Doctor actor to appear in a Companion Chronicles release. Also, befitting a story set in two different eras, Part 1 uses the Peter Howell theme arrangement in place at the time that Bryant joined the series during Season 21, and Part 2 uses the Dominic Glynn theme used at the time she left during Season 23.
- The first and second halves of this story take place at the same time. The same is true of both AUDIO: Flip-Flop and AUDIO: The Veiled Leopard. Peri also appears in the latter story.
- This audio drama was recorded on 11 and 12 November 2009.
- The Fifth Doctor refers to the Pescatons. (AUDIO: Doctor Who and the Pescatons)
- The younger Peri wonders if her mother Janine Foster is still alive in 2009. (AUDIO: The Reaping)
- After this The Fifth and the younger Peri go to Androzani Minor.
- The older Peri claims that the disappearance of the crew of the Mary Celeste was caused by Piscons wanting to take over human forms. This was later revealed to be completely made up. In reality, the First Doctor and his companions Ian Chesterton, Barbara Wright and Vicki Pallister were indirectly responsible for their disappearance. (TV: The Chase) The Doctor had discovered his own involvement with the crew's disappearance by the time of his second incarnation. (AUDIO: The Rosemariners) Earlier in his personal timeline, the Fifth Doctor told Alan Fitzgerald, a student summer intern at the Gogglebox, that he was "sort of" responsible. (AUDIO: The Gathering)
- Following their encounter with the older Peri, the Fifth Doctor and the younger Peri travel to Androzani Minor in the Sirius star system. (TV: The Caves of Androzani)
- In an attempt to jog the older Peri's memories, the Sixth Doctor mentions Sil (TV: Vengeance on Varos, AUDIO: Mission to Magnus, TV: Mindwarp), the Tractators (AUDIO: The Hollows of Time), the Ice Warriors (AUDIO: Red Dawn, The Bride of Peladon, Mission to Magnus) and Davros (TV: Revelation of the Daleks).
- The Sixth Doctor claims that he has been having difficulty with his memory since his most recent regeneration. This could account for the fact that he did not remember meeting Kathy Chambers for the first time in his personal timeline in Brisbane, Australia in September 2006 while in his fifth incarnation (AUDIO: The Gathering) when they met for the second time (from his perspective) in Baltimore, Maryland in September 1984 while in his sixth incarnation (AUDIO: The Reaping).
- The older Peri remembers her first encounter with the Doctor involving a "robot with an identity crisis", "some religious types" and a "crazy guy with a beard". (TV: Planet of Fire)
- The Sixth Doctor remembers his previous incarnation and the younger Peri encountering the older version of Peri defeating Zarl in Los Angeles in 2009. This is similar to PROSE: Cold Fusion in which the Seventh Doctor remembers the events of the novel from the perspective of the Fifth Doctor and uses this knowledge against his younger self.
- The Sixth Doctor refers to Jamie McCrimmon and Zoe Heriot being returned to their native eras by the Time Lords with no memory of their adventures with his second incarnation, aside from their respective first encounters with him. (TV: The War Games)
- Though it is not stated directly, the older Peri was presumably returned to Earth at some point after September 1984 in order to maintain the Web of Time. Otherwise, her presence would have affected the events of AUDIO: The Reaping and, by extension, AUDIO: The Gathering or perhaps even prevented them from coming to pass.
- An unidentified Doctor, likely the seventh, would later visit the Peri serving as princess, who would not forgive him for abandoning her. (PROSE: Reunion)
- Official Peri and the Piscon Paradox page at bigfinish.com
- Detailed synopsis of Peri and the Piscon Paradox at the Doctor Who Reference Guide